A whitening mask is a beauty product that is used to lighten the skin on the face. It can be used to help reduce irregular pigmentation or scarring. It can also be used to lighten the overall color of the skin. The masks generally come in two forms. They are packaged either as sheets or as creams.
Whitening mask sheets are pre-treated sheets that are formed to fit the face with cut-outs for the eyes, nostrils, and mouth. The sheets are removed from their individual packages, fitted to the face, and left on the skin for a certain period of time. Whitening mask creams are also applied to the face and allowed to remain there for a certain period of time. The difference is in the application. Creams have to be applied to the face in a thin, even layer by hand.
Many people use this kind of mask in order to reverse the appearance of sun damage and age spots. A whitening mask can also be used to fade scarring that is the result of acne. The ingredients that are used to lighten the skin and fade scars include licorice extract, mulberry extract, and kojic acid.
For those who have actively erupting acne, it is best to choose a whitening mask that says explicitly on the product label that it can be used on both developing and healing blemishes. Masks with alpha hydroxy acids can cause negative reactions on skin that has actively erupting acne or even skin that is very sensitive. For this reason, people with either of these kinds of skin issues should avoid masks made with alpha hydroxy acids.
It is possible to make a whitening mask at home using a few ingredients that can be found in most kitchens. The mask is made with two tablespoons of honey (30 milliliters), four teaspoons of lemon juice (20 milliliters), three teaspoons of plain yogurt (20 milliliters) and one egg white. The ingredients should be whisked together until the mask is a uniform consistency. Then it can be applied to the face and allowed to soak in for 15 minutes before it is removed.
Like many kinds of skin care products, the results of a whitening mask will become apparent over time if the product is used repeatedly. Reading consumer reports and seeking recommendations online in beauty forums is a great way to find masks that work well and masks that deliver results.